|Investigating leadership practices in successful schools serving ELA learners with a focus on mathematics achievement - Holloway, Susan Wittman|
This study defines and analyzes the successful leadership practice of a principal of an urban K-8 school serving English Language Learners in the western United States during the 2012-2013 academic year. Focusing on the self-identified leadership practice of a school leader evidenced to positively affect student learning, this study seeks to extend knowledge about what principals actually do to within the context of their schools to improve academic achievement for students...
Keywords: Leadership Practice; Educational Studies and Research; Mathematics Education; Urban Schools
|(un)Invited families: locating the institutional power of school at work against the involvement of families - Jefferson, Antwan|
This qualitative study examined the interaction of families and school in a local community. Data were gathered through document analysis; semi-structured interviews with family members, community members, and school professionals; group interviews; street interviews; and observer field notes. A conceptual framework consisting of postcolonial theory, critical social theory, and thirdspace theory guided data analysis...
Keywords: Postcolonial Theory; school policy; Educational Studies and Research; family involvement
|A design-based approach to teaching sustainability - Walter, Kim R.|
We live on a finite ecological system, yet consume as though resources are unlimited. Current environmental data suggests many in the developed world are living beyond what the earth is able to sustain. The paradigms in which we operate continue to support a path of constant consumption that continues to exacerbate this problem. Technology educators can and should play a valuable role in working with students to question these paradigms through lessons that begin to engage students toward thinki...
Keywords: Educational Technology; Middle School; Sustainability; Educational Studies and Research; Action Research
|A history of access of diverse students at the University of Colorado Boulder, 1964-2012 - Mugge-Cozza, Molly|
Racial disparities have been, and continue to be, a major obstacle facing post-secondary educational institutions throughout the United States. In response to the call for institutional and external accountability by stakeholders interested in higher education, the aim of this dissertation is to provide an historical analysis of race and diversity at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB). UCB was chosen as the focus for the current study because it is the flagship public university in the sta...
Keywords: Higher Education; History of Education; Racial Disparities; Diverse student access; Educational Studies and Research
|Using evidence-based conceptual frameworks to identify leadership practices of principals of successful schools serving english learners - Bishop, Robert Clifford|
This study is one of five thematic dissertations investigating the leadership practices of principals leading successful schools serving ELA learners. Schools selected for participation in this study had (a) an open enrollment policy, (b) at least 40% of total enrollment consists of ELL students, (c) has earned a School Performance Framework (SPF) rating greater than 49%, (d) at least 50% of the students qualify for a free or reduced lunch, (e) have demonstrated gains on the CSAP/TCAP and CELA t...
Keywords: English Language Acquisition and Leadership; Leadership Practice; Education Reform; Principal Leadership; Educational Studies and Research
|Effects of design-based science instruction on science problem-solving competency among different groups of high-school traditional chemistry students - Lartson, Cobina Adu|
Recent trends indicate a significant decline in the number of students graduating from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the US. The under-representation of students of color, females and low income students in STEM programs has also been documented. Design Based Science (DBS) instruction has been suggested to improve the problem solving skills of students of color.The present study employed a quasi-experimental pre-post-test research study...
Keywords: Problem Solving Competency; Race; Science achievement; Educational Studies and Research; Gender
|Building turnaround capacity for urban school improvement: the role of adaptive leadership and defined autonomy - Conrad, Jill Kristin|
This dissertation examines the levels of and relationships between technical leadership, adaptive leadership, and defined autonomy among Denver school leaders along with their combined effects on school growth gains over time. Thirty principals provided complete responses to an online survey that included existing scales for technical leadership, adaptive leadership, and autonomy and newly created measures for defined autonomy...
Keywords: district improvement; school autonomy; Educational Studies and Research; adaptive leadership; defined autonomy